WINONA, MINN., USA — PlastiComp, Inc. is now offering long fiber pellets to its customers, company President and CEO Steve Bowen announced today.
Using proprietary production technology, PlastiComp is offering LFT pellets in most thermoplastic matrices reinforced with glass, Aramid, carbon and other continuous fibers. Initial production is now underway at PlastiComp’s Winona, Minnesota facility, and additional capacity is planned for 2005.
Long fiber pellet capabilities are complementary to PlastiComp’s exclusive Pushtrusion® Direct In-Line Compounding technology, which provides machinery and expertise to combine fiber and molten polymers directly in-line as parts are formed.
“The high volume molders are typically interested in Pushtrusion, but they often have lower volume applications where it may be more economical to use LFT pellets,” said Bowen. “Other molders have asked PlastiComp to supply specialty compounds that are not available from the large volume LFT pellet suppliers.”
“It is not uncommon to see both long fiber pellet and direct in-line compounding interest from our customers. Both processes have merits. Our strategy is to support the success of our customers with quality materials, technology and service,” continued Bowen.
Long fiber technology is not new to PlastiComp. From 1984 to 1999, Bowen was President and CEO of the Celstran business of Ticona. He formed PlastiComp in 2003 to meet the growing market demand for long fiber technology. Bowen has also worked with Ron Hawley, founder of Polymer Composities, Inc., Composite Products, Inc. and Woodshed Technologies. At PCI, Bowen and Hawley developed technology that provided the foundation for the company to grow into the world’s largest supplier of long fiber pellets. Hoechst Celanese acquired PCI in 1988.
“There is a natural interest for our customers to obtain LFT pellets from PlastiComp. We are the only global supplier to offer direct in-line compounding expertise, plus pelletized materials. We understand the business and want to be measured by the success of our customers,” continued Bowen.
PlastiComp, Inc. focuses on developing and providing long fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite technologies to partners worldwide. These include ready-to-process reinforced long fiber thermoplastic (LFT) pelletized compounds, along with process development and manufacturing equipment licensing for LFT pultrusion, in-line direct long fiber thermoplastic (D-LFT) Pushtrusion®, and in-line direct glass mat thermoplastic (D-GMT®) technologies. PlastiComp’s injection moldable Complēt® LFT composite compounds are available as standard and custom formulations that combine long glass, carbon, and other specialty fiber reinforcement with thermoplastic polymers from polypropylene to PEEK.